HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division President Troy Villarreal today announced that Eric Evans has been named chief executive officer of Corpus Christi Medical Center, replacing Jay Woodall, who retired in February 2020, after a successful administrative healthcare career spanning 28 years. Evans will assume his new role Monday, June 15, 2020.

Guided by his vision to provide compassionate and exceptional care to patients since 1996, when he began his healthcare career with HCA Healthcare, Evans has served as chief executive officer of HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball since 2017. Under his leadership, HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball has grown in prestige and advanced quality care. Evans oversaw initiatives that increased colleague engagement scores year over year, which were significantly above HCA Healthcare’s hospital average. Evans has led HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball nurses, colleagues, and medical staff in this unprecedented time in history with the COVID-19 health crisis. While this global pandemic has fundamentally changed the world as we know it, it hasn’t changed the way Evans and his team have responded to caring for patients.

“Eric’s operational, management and clinical expertise will be invaluable to Corpus Christi Medical Center as we work to build upon the success we have experienced over the last several years,” said Troy Villarreal, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division president. “I know he will take his extraordinary talents and continue to meet the healthcare needs of the Corpus Christi community.” Previously, Evans was the chief executive officer of East Houston Regional Medical Center. His commitment to patients and staff was never more evident than during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. East Houston Regional Medical Center was in the strike zone of Harvey and two days before Harvey made landfall, Evans safely evacuated East Houston Regional Medical Center patients to sister hospitals.

Prior to this role, Evans was senior vice president of strategic planning for the HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division where he focused on the development, implementation and management of the division’s overall strategy, as well as the exploration and development of new opportunities across the continuum of care. Evans has also served as chief operating officer of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Prior to joining The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, he was the chief operating officer of Lakeview Regional Medical Center in New Orleans.

Evans holds a master’s degree in health services administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor of science in business administration from The University of Texas at Dallas. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Board Member of the HCA Healthcare Hope Fund.